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The Online College Degree Program - Increasingly Popular with Today's Students

Aug 17, 2007
Pursuing an online college degree program is the most favored choice for those who have been unable to attend a traditional college due to various obligations. With the advent of the internet a whole lot of opportunities have opened up in the field of education and it is up to you to take advantage of this revolution.

Online degree programs

According to a survey on Online Education in the United States, 2006, conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, nearly 3.2 million students were taking at least one online course during the fall 2005 term, a substantial increase over the 2.3 million reported the previous year.

Also according to the survey about two-thirds of the very largest institutions have fully online programs, compared to only about one-sixth of the smallest institutions. The increase in the percentage just goes to show the growing popularity of online education.

One can pick an online college degree program based on a few points. First it is important to understand why you need to select a certain program. Whether your choice of a program is purely based on your interest in the subject or to further your career.

Once you have made that decision, look for the various options available within the subject. For instance if you are interested in pursuing a course in business management then review the variations offered within the purview of the subject and then select the one that is tailored to your needs. This way it will be easier to achieve your goals.

Universities offering courses

If you go through the websites of the universities offering an online college degree program, you will notice that there are options and details available for various types of students including international students, military students, and for prospective and current students as well. Various issues like tuition fees and financial aid are also addressed by most of the universities.

Live chat facilities are provided by some of the online universities as a way for students to discuss questions with an admissions counselor, and online application forms are provided which allow students to apply instantly. For additional details, students can even download a prospectus or ask to receive information by regular mail at their respective addresses.

So whether you are a busy working adult or a homemaker or a military student, an online college degree program is an ideal way of getting a higher education at your own pace and own schedule. It is also one of the most convenient ways to pursue an education that allows you to study virtually at anytime, anywhere.
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Jim Zorn is web master of the Guide to Distance Learning. Visit us to learn more about online colleges and universities, distance learning degrees, majors and courses offered.
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